KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

What Issues Might Arise With Data Entry?

Erin Ruel

There are a few things to look out for during data entry. First, some participants might not answer all the questions. This is called item nonresponse. A decision needs to be made on how to handle this. Generally, a code for “refused to answer” is created, such as −1, and then when a question is not answered, the code for “refused to answer” is entered. But that isn’t the only reason an item might not be answered. Some questions have built-in skip patterns. For example, let’s say a survey has 10 questions about smoking behavior, and the first question asks if the participant smokes at all. If the participant answers no, then that participant is “skipped” ...

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